Soundside flooding was reported at multiple spots
throughout Hatteras Island as a forecasted weekend nor’easter began to
impact the area.
As of 8:30 a.m., flooding was reported in
Hatteras village, north Avon, and the tri-villages, with some saltwater
already overflowing onto N.C. Highway 12.
Highway 12 in between Avon and Buxton was
starting to be affected as well, as sound waters battered the edge of
the highway. Rising waters were also reported on N.C. Highway 12 in
between Avon and Salvo.
Soundside flooding will continue through Friday
and Saturday, with a possible inundation of 2-3 feet of water above
ground, while oceanside flooding is most likely later Saturday through
Monday. Extreme high tides may cause N.C. Highway 12 to be impassable
due to ocean overwash.
Maximum sustained winds up to 40 mph with gusts
up to 55 mph are forecast beginning today, and will linger and last
throughout the weekend. Seas up to 10-20 feet are also forecast through
A top wind gust of 58 mph was reported in Hatteras village at 7:55 a.m.
The prolonged period of the winds could lead to
significant beach erosion, and scattered power outages are also
possible. Dare County Emergency Management advises residents to be
ready to protect property from winds and water. A coastal flooding and
high winds warning remains in effect for the Outer Banks.
Due to the high winds, all ferry departures from
Ocracoke, Cedar Island, and Swan Quarter have been canceled until
further notice due to severe wind conditions. Dare County Schools were
also closed on Friday.
For more information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather forecast
information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead
City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.
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